It was very successful, so they decided to do it again this year, only the calendar wasn't as favorable, which meant the New Year's Eve race was really New Year's Eve Eve Eve. Not many runners complained about having a couple of days in between the races though.
Mrs Notthat and I signed up for the Half Marathon for both races. On New Year's Eve Eve Eve though, Mrs Notthat was fighting some nasty neck pains and switched to the 5K distance.
|Picture by World Famous Etep (not his real name).|
Back in 2010, Brazen held 15 races and, on the last race of the year, surprised three runners with Streaker awards, given to those that either ran or volunteered at all of the year's races. The award is a shadowbox that contains the medals from each of the races.
This got people's attention and suddenly there was a new challenge to shoot for.
In 2011, Brazen held 21 races and, on the last race of the year, gave out 17 Streaker awards (all three from the first year also scored again). In 2012, making it even tougher, Brazen held 23 races and on Saturday, handed out 32 Streaker awards, including the one above to Weird Haired Mom.
These are really impressive, as are the people that somehow managed to juggle their schedule and not miss a race for an entire year.
And finally, the NYEEE race.
|A family photo with The Endorphin Dude playing the part of me. Sort of. He looks a bit less whiny than I do.|
|Photo by Brazen volunteer.|
The races are held at Lake Chabot, and the Brazen course is infamous the slog up Live Oak Trail; a long, sometimes steep climb that on this day was very muddy and slippery.
For the most part, the rest of the trails were in reasonably good shape, with occasional puddles and sloppy sections to have to deal with.
And a number of downed trees.
One of the trees snagged a frog and knocked my hat and glasses off, which made it look like I had went head-first into the trail.
Before the race, I had set myself a goal of finishing in under three hours. I knew this wouldn't be easy - the recently reconfigured version of this course adds a bit more climbing and distance to the previous versions, but I was determined to do it.
And I did, finishing in just under 2:57.
The better news was that Mrs Notthat survived her 5K in flying colors, and was convinced that she would be able to run the Half on New Year's Day.
The NYD race was special in that it was the 100th lifetime race for both of us. (There have been many races we did not do together - us ending up with the same number is bizarre.)
And Mrs Notthat was indeed feeling fine and raring to go for the Half.
The fun thing was that we got to run the course in the opposite direction, which surprisingly makes it seem like a totally different course. There was a fair amount of discussion about which direction was easiest, and most felt the reverse direction was easier since it meant that we would be going down the Live Oak Trail. Plus the course is slightly shorter in this direction. (Looking at the winning times, the reverse direction was three minutes faster, but the course was dryer with fewer downed trees, so it might not be a fair comparison.)
|Photo by World Famous Etep (still not his real name).|
Most of the downed trees were still there, so Mrs Notthat got to try her hand at crossing them.
Another difference was that the shooting range was closed for the NYD race. Usually you get to spend several miles listening to very enthusiastic gunfire that often sounds like it is within just a few feet of you. Race veterans are used to this, but newcomers can get alarmed by it. The quiet on NYD was a nice change, although it meant I could better hear the creaky eucalyptus trees, which are uncanny at sounding like they are going to topple over at any moment if there is the slightest breeze.
|Photo by World Famous Etep. Again.|
|Photo by not nearly World Famous Not A Canadian. Eh.|
|Photo by Brazen volunteer. I partially blame my slow time on that thing on my head. It greatly increased my wind resistance.|
There were MANY running friends doing these races, which made them feel more like a party at times. A cold but sweaty party.
That's it - move along…
PS: You can see more of my pictures for NYEEE and NYD.